Writers’ Union hosted an informal reading on the Lit House porch to welcome spring and take advantage of the beautiful (if temporary) warm weather. Writers’ Union members and the club’s advisor, Prof. James Allen Hall read (or recited) from the likes of Rilke, Louise Gluck, Wordsworth, Elizabeth Bishop, Chaucer, and more.
The “American Pictures” series at the Smithsonian continued with its fourth and final installment when memoirist, novelist, and musician James McBride explored a dynamic 1969 photograph of soul music legend James Brown performing at the Shrine Auditorium. The photograph that McBride chose to speak about, “Singer James Brown During a Performance at the Shrine” (1969) memorialized the legendary performer at the height of his career, bringing funk music to an audience eager to embrace the new sound.
Richard Beeman, senior fellow at the C.V Starr Center, gave the second installment of the “Meet the Founders” lecture series, this time focusing on James Madison and Patrick Henry. Beeman shared his insights into how the personalities and contributions of James Madison and Patrick Henry shaped the founding of the nation.